Rose speaking at a TCAR march last year
Someone from Tyneside Community Action for Refugees (TCAR) managed to speak to her this evening and her message is as follows:
'I have been brought here illegally. I have not committed any crime. I have not done anything wrong. By detaining me it is a sign of degrading me. People from the UK go to Uganda and if they were detained for no reason then would that be fair? So why am I being locked in a room here? I don't know why.'
Friends of Rose are organising an early morning protest outside the police station at North Shields from 7.30am tomorrow morning. This will go on until at least 9am. The police station is near to the library, only about 5mins walk from the metro.
TCAR is organising a demonstration on Wednesday at 10am outside the Government Offices North East, opposite St James metro station. We need a big turn out to get Rose released. These are our immediate demands:
Rose must be released immediately.
Rose must be given suitable accommodation.
Rose must have her benefits reinstated or that be allowed to work in order to support herself.
North Shields Immigration Reporting Centre must reduce the number of times Rose has to sign to once a month maximum, as was previously the case.
Rose must be given travel money so she can travel to the reporting centre.
TCAR stands against all immigration detention and against the racist policies of destitution and denial of the right to work.
FREEDOM FOR ROSE ABOUKHA NOW!
FREEDOM FOR ALL IMMIGRATION DETAINEES!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE HARMONDSWORTH DETAINEES!*
* For more information on Harmondsworth protests see http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/04/395640.html